Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their eye-catching start to the season on Saturday afternoon as they clinched a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The manner in which Wolves have rapidly adapted to their new surroundings in the Premier League has been a breadth of fresh air for the division as a whole. Nuno Espirito Santo has tapped into a formula and starting eleven who clearly possess the ability to hold their own in this division, and if their early season form continues there is no doubt they will finish inside the top ten this season
One player who has been, and will be pivotal to Wolves’ success in the top-flight is their captain Conor Coady, and he proved that once again with a mammoth performance in south London. Indeed, in a tightly contested affair in which Wolves were forced to ride their luck at times as Palace launched a siege on Rui Patricio’s goal, Coady was an immense force in central defence.
The Wolves fan-favourite has since been lauded by the supporters, but he has also earned esteemed praise from BBC pundit Garth Crooks in his team of the week column.
Not only did Crooks describe Coady as ‘outstanding’ against Palace, he also suggested that the 26-year-old’s form merits a call-up to the England squad.
Crooks said: ‘Why hasn’t this lad had an England call up? He has captained his country at almost every level, was outstanding for Wolves last season in their title winning year and has made the transition from Championship football into the Premier League like a duck to water.’
In fairness to Crooks he’s right to ask the question about Coady’s international credentials following his excellent start to the season, but he will need to consistently maintain this level of form to work his way into Southgate’s squad.
With Harry Maguire and John Stones firmly established in central defence and Joe Gomez playing magnificently for Liverpool, the only man Coady could potentially replace is James Tarkowski, but he enjoyed an exceptional campaign for Burnley last season so Coady cannot expect to take his place just yet.
Coady certainly merits a place in Southgate’s thinking at this moment in time, but he will need to be patient in waiting for an opportunity on the basis of the strength of England’s options in his position.
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